What is the role of median sternotomy in the treatment of pericardial effusion?

Updated: Nov 28, 2018
  • Author: William J Strimel, DO, FACP; Chief Editor: Terrence X O'Brien, MD, MS, FACC  more...
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This procedure is reserved for patients with constrictive pericarditis. The operative mortality rate is high (5-15%).


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